Buzzfeed recently featured ICRC's Thomas Glass in an article about infants in the Mirwais Hospital in Afghanistan. Glass had taken a photograph of a small baby in a incubator in the hospital back in November 2016 when he noticed her unusual pink sweater. He asked a nurse about it. She told him that one of her friends in Norway had knitted it, and that whenever she came back to Kandahar she would bring small knitwear for the newborns. And thus an idea was born. To see the adorable results, check out the full article on Buzzfeed.Read More
In May, Jess Markt and Alberto Cairo visited NPR headquarters following the launch of the Swissnex Collaborative Platform in Boston to speak with reporter Malaka Gharib about working with people with disabilities in Afghanistan, the transformational power of sport and the thrill of a high-five. Read the full interview here.Read More
In this edition of our “In Conversation” video series, Intercross Editor Niki Clark speaks with Alberto Cairo, head of the ICRC's Rehabilitation Program in Afghanistan. Twenty-seven years ago, Alberto arrived in Afghanistan for his first ICRC mission. He never left. Instead, he has dedicated his life to helping the disabled dealing with the consequences of nearly 40 years of conflict. He and his team have taught nearly 150,000 people to walk again and through positive discrimination schemes--90 percent of those employed at the orthopaedic center are disabled themselves--has helped return a sense of dignity and pride to those he serves. In this interview, Alberto speaks about what gives him hope, how a "crazy American" changed his perception of play and the lifetime of lessons he has learned from the disabled.Read More
On May 8, 2017, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and swissnex Boston launched the ICRC Collaborative Platform – a new, Boston-based hub where innovation meets humanitarianism with the aim of solving some of today’s most pressing challenges linked to war and armed violence.
During the launch event, NPR's Tom Ashbrook sat down with ICRC's Alberto Cairo and Jess Markt to discuss the role sport plays in helping the victims of landmines, disease and other tragedies recover physically and emotionally. Read more about the event here. Watch the panel.Read More
On Monday, May 8th, one of the ICRC's longest-serving delegates is coming to the U.S. to help launch the ICRC Collaborative Platform in partnership with Swissnex Boston. Alberto Cairo, who runs the ICRC's rehabilitative orthopaedic program in Afghanistan, has helped more than 150,000 disabled people learn to walk again. In this photo gallery, a glimpse into the help and hope the ICRC strives to bring to the people of Afghanistan.Read More
Throughout the month of September, Intercross, along with two other blogs - Lawfare andEJIL:Talk! - is running a series of articles following up on this summer’s 2nd annual Tansatlantic Dialogue on International Law and Armed Conflict, which took place in Oxford in July. Today, Brigadier General Kenneth "Ken" Watkin brings us the second of a two-part article on the overlap between IHL and IHRL. Ken, who served as a JAG with the Canadian Armed Forces and is an expert on military law, offers his take from a North American perspective. The views expressed in this article are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of the ICRC or the other blogs taking part in this series.Read More